Last year, Aubrey wasn’t so into Patch. We mostly had to point out to her where he was, what he was up to and remind her that he was always watching. She was intrigued for a few minutes and then was off to the next task or adventure. This year, when I asked her if she remembered Patch coming to visit last year, she was excited and screamed….”YES!” She told me how her classmates already had an elf and that he was doing silly things in their homes! Oh…this year is going to be fun. November 3oth, I told her that we would probably be getting a visit from him and that he would be staying a while. My list was made with all the ideas I had for him and I was ready to plot!! Here are the first few days:
He arrived from the North Pole with a letter and a passport: There is a copy of the letter at the bottom if you want to read it.
That same day, we went to The Keslers to celebrate a late Thanksgiving and we returned to him reading some Bible verses with a friend.
**A note from the end of day one:
Aubrey LOVES this bear. She got him from a garage sale this summer and has slept with him every night since. When she went to go to bed, she gently grabbed the bear, careful not to disturb Patch, and she was off to bed. It wasn’t long and Aubrey came downstairs in tears and was sobbing. We asked her what was wrong and she said, “I have to sleep with this teddy bear but I am so so sad for Patch because I took his friend. I just don’t want him to be sad and lonely.” Oh my! Brings tears to my eyes how sweet she is. What a big heart! We told her that he has lots of friends at the North Pole that he was flying to see tonight. We also said that he is here to make her happy and that he will make a lot of friends while he is here. He understands that she needs to sleep with her teddy bear but if you want to bring him another friend to keep him company until he heads back to Santa, she can do that! Sure enough, she placed her stuffed piggy bank “Ham” next to him on the shelf and propped the Bible up just perfectly so Ham could keep reading to Patch. Made me smile when I walked by on my way to bed and saw Ham and Patch reading stories! Oh, the innocence!
Today, we woke up and Patch was building snowmen! He brought some fake snow from the North Pole too….I guess must have missed the cold weather. He isn’t quite used to these 70 degree days in December.
Here is the letter we enclosed: